In a second time, Mr. Hazama invited us to go to Shinei Park where he presented the World Peace Bell and the Bell of Smile. We were also able to discover the two monumental stones on which are engraved the two declarations of peace of the city of Ishigaki, texts which recall the commitment of Ishigaki and of all the cities adhering to Mayors for peace for a peaceful world free of nuclear weapons.
Then, very big surprise, had been installed the suspended wooden beam (Shu-moku) which makes it possible to ring the World Peace Bell and Mr. Hazama invited us both to make it ring.
It was an extremely moving moment and we are both very honored to have been able to make this gesture.
Then, after a last photo, Mr. Hazama accompanied us and we committed to staying in touch. I have allowed myself to propose, on behalf of our Association, to envisage carrying out a Sentinels of Peace action in Shinei Park on a date yet to be defined in 2020.
And in conclusion, I invite you to discover here the beautiful text of Mr. Yoshitaka Nakayama, Mayor of the city of Ishigaki, written on December 10, 2018 on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the installation of the World Peace Bell of Ishigaki.